Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Pacific and Asian History, RSPAS, Australian
Exotic Properties: Migrants, Globalization and the Control
In 1997 the Australian Federal government took a rather radical
policy decision which was, at the time, very little reported.
It decided to hand the running of Australia's migrant detention
centres over to a private firm, a subsidiary of the Florida-based
Wackenhut Corporation. Originally founded in the 1950s as a private
security firm, Wackenhut is now a global company operating prisons
and security operations throughout North and South America, Europe
and elsewhere. This policy move therefore transferred an important
element in the maintenance of the boundaries of the naiton into
the hands of a multinational corporation. My paper takes the
policy of privatizing migrant detention centres (in Australia
and elsewhere) as a starting point for considering some aspects
of the relationship between "globalization" and the
redrawing of national lines of exclusion and inclusion.
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is a professor in the Research School of
Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. She
is currently engaged in an international research project on
cultural economy of globalization.
30 min paper